If you hate mosquitoes, give some thought to how much you water your lawn. It only really needs watering twice a week AT THE MOST, even during hot summer months. If you’re overwatering — and most people do — it is likely there are some soggy spots that make an attractive home for these annoying, blood-thirsty pests.
There are probably lots of attractive mosquito breeding spots in your yard and around the house; you’ve just never hunted them down before. Here are some favorite mosquito “incubators” to look for…
Bird baths and pet bowls…hose them out and add fresh water regularly. Your dog or cat will appreciate the fresh water. They’re not very fond of mosquitos, either.
Wheelbarrows are often left where they were last used, and if not turned over, they will collect rainwater. Dump water out of wheelbarrows and other yard equipment and store them properly.
If there are any young people around the house, put away toys and play-things that might hold water. Mosquitoes don’t need a lot of standing water to make a nice home.
Make sure to keep grass clippings and leaves out of the storm drains. Not only is putting grass clippings or leaves in the storm drains prohibited, but the debris tends to hold water and that attracts mosquitoes. While we’re on the subject of storm drains, there are some very important “dos and don’ts” when it comes to these important conduits.
Most people are unaware of how they impact water quality, and are seriously surprised to learn that folks going about their daily lives are the number one source of stormwater pollutants. Some of the biggest contributors to this problem are routine residential activities such as lawn mowing and fertilizing; car washing and maintenance, and the application of pesticides and herbicides on lawns and landscaped areas. These all add contaminants to storm runoff and can end up in our drinking water supply.
On household lawns and gardens, homeowners can try natural alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Composting, use of native plants and Xeriscaping in landscaped areas can reduce or even eliminate the need for chemicals. Natural predators like frogs, dragon-flies, and bats can help take care of pesky insects. If chemicals are needed around the home, they should be stored properly to prevent leaks and access by children. Most cities have designated sites for the proper disposal of used chemicals.